You can now take direct NightsBridge bookings, via a link on TripAdvisor. Great news, isn’t it?
NightsBridge is a Premium Partner with the new TripAdvisor product called TripConnect. The new service shows your own direct booking button together with the results of online travel agents (like Booking.com or Expedia). As a Premium Partner, NightsBridge can set up your direct link.
A Direct Booking Link on Your TripAdvisor Property Page
If you decide to join TripConnect, an ‘Official Site‘ button will show on the prices facility. Clicking the link will open your own NightsBridge booking form to capture this booking (commission-free). You will pay TripAdvisor (TripConnect) for the click.
The TripConnect link will work on a pay-per-click basis, which means you will pay a certain amount every time someone clicks the link. You pay whether a booking takes place or not – it is a fee for a lead to your booking form, similar to Google Adwords.
TripConnect will suggest a minimum amount per click for your link to appear on your property page. This will depend on things like location, number of competitors, average cost per click for the whole of the country etc.
If you want to appear in the first position in the search results you can offer more than the minimum amount per click.
TripConnect will guide and advise you on all the options.
Set Spending Limits
Yes – you can easily set daily limits (maximum amount you will spend per day) or set up time limits (certain number of days).
If this limit is reached your link will simply not show up anymore. In this way you can track your spending and make sure you don’t go over your budget.
Steps to Join TripConnect
TripConnect is a service offered and run by TripAdvisor. You will receive all information, guidance and support from them directly.
To get started you must follow these 3 steps:
- Get a TripAdvisor Business Listing if you don’t have one already. Click here >>> TripAdvisor Business Listing Information
- Sign up for TripConnect – click here >>> Get Started with TripConnect
- Set up bids to have your link appear in the search results – done in the TripConnect setup process.
TripAdvisor has a lot of documentation you can read through about this service and how it will work. Click on the links below to go to the various articles:
Concierge is an easy way for you to book activities or additional accommodation for guests, while earning commission on both.
Guests ask your advice on everything: from things to do in the area, to recommendations on where to stay next on their trip. You become a “concierge” for them, because of course you love to assist.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could earn commission on all that assistance? If you could check availability and book accommodation, activities, tours and excursions as well as car hire for them, quickly and easily?
NightsBridge brings you an exciting new service called “Concierge” and it is already available on your NightsBridge Webview (Owner’s Login).
NightsBridge puts a whole booking office filled with great ideas right in front of you. Just log in to you Owner’s Login, choose Concierge and scroll through the options. The best part? You earn commission for each of the bookings you make.
Find Concierge on nightsbridge.com – Owner’s Login
You need to log in to your Owner’s Login to use Concierge, so we can track whose making the bookings to consolidate commissions. (If you can’t remember how to get to Owner’s Login (Webview), click here – Accessing Owner’s Login)
Book Activities, Car Hire or Accommodation
You can view activities by list or by map, making it easy to see what is close by. Booking is easy and quick and within minutes your guests have a confirmation in hand.
Search for accommodation in other areas by name or by location or get car hire quotes within seconds. Couldn’t be easier!
Earn 10% Commission on Bookings
All bookings for accommodation and activities through Concierge will earn you 10% commission. (Car hire commission is variable based on the model booked.)
You can follow the progress of commission paid over to you as well as payouts in the ‘Reports’ tab on the Concierge main page. We make it easy for you by tracking all commission and payments due.
Log in now to see how it works. Your guests get confirmed bookings and you walk away with a few extra rand in the kitty. It’s easy and convenient — a win-win situation!
In an article published on the Southern African Tourism Update, they discussed how travellers with mobile phones booked in a different way to those who booked through PCs and laptops.
Priceline.com did a study based on a sampling of mobile bookings made earlier this year after the Priceline app added the ability to book round-trip and one-way domestic and international airline tickets.
“Mobile-equipped consumers are what we call ‘untethered’ travellers,” said priceline.com’s Brian Ek. “They like to create their travel experiences on the fly, rather than stick to itineraries planned far in advance. Hotels are typically chosen closer to check-in day (even on the same day), and many bookings are made while on the road or after arrival in town.”
Mobile bookings could be a great way of filling up those last minute empty beds… Make sure you have a mobile friendly website and that the traveller can also book through it easily.
NightsBridge offers both of these solutions to you! Please read our article on the importance of mobile websites and get yours today!
Interesting PWC statistics published recently provide great news for the bulk of our clients who offer a more personalized overnight experience. A lot more guests seem to want to feel at home when away!
Over the next 3 years the number of guest houses in South Africa will grow by around 4.2% to an estimated 11 200 rooms in 2016.
~ Price Waterhouse Coopers South African Hospitality Outlook
What can Hotels offer that Guest Houses Usually Don’t?
Hotels are classified as ‘formal service accommodation’ by the Tourism Grading Council. This means guests will most probably have 24-hour assistance with any problem they might have, early or late check-in/outs or food available when they order it at any time.
Security might be important to these guests with key cards and security guards making them feel more at ease (this could especially be important to females travelling on their own). Read more
Our recent trip to Thailand provided some great insights from the other side of the industry. Instead of supplying the technology, we were using it.
This week we highlight some things we felt differentiated our stay at particular guest houses or hotels; something that made us want to reward that hotel with a good review.
Catering for all Nationalities
We were astonished at the range of catering options offered at almost all the places we stayed — large and small. People visit Thailand from all over the world: Europeans, South Americans, and Asians. At breakfast we saw everything from cornflakes, bacon and eggs, cold meats and pastries, to salads, noodles and dim sum. We developed real respect for those chefs!
African establishments have started offering many more health options in line with guest preferences. However, if we want to appeal to other parts of the world, we’ll have to sharpen those kitchen knives.
The Importance of WiFi (again!)
International travelers can’t live without WiFi. It is becoming one of the major differentiators when guests decide where to stay. There are several reasons, but staying connected with office or family; exploring things to do in the area and updating social media are some of the main ones. Read more
This blog was written by Neil Emerick after returning from Thailand on a quest to experience online travel-, accommodation- and outing-bookings. Neil & Theresa are co-founders of NightsBridge.
Recently, my wife and I took a trip to Thailand, which was quite splendid. However, with our Nightsbridge caps on we made it a rather different experience. The difference was we made absolutely no bookings in advance other than our flights (which we did one week before we left) and our first hotel. Everything else was organized from Thailand.
Now, we concede this is not the way most people book their holidays. My brother would be horrified, planning his holiday eighteen months in advance and laminating itinerary cards for his family. We had dinner with one English couple who booked the same hotel, for fourteen nights, full-board. Moving around much was not on their agenda.
However, we intended to explore a bit and ended up staying in seven different hotels in our sixteen night stay. In this article, and the one following, I want to give you an indication of our online booking process and what things you might consider in catering to travellers who book like us. Read more
As we discussed in our previous blog post, rich content is very important in all your online marketing efforts.
With printed content you work on it once and leave it at that. Online content is more like a living, breathing sales person for your property. It is your job to make sure your ‘sales person’ is updated, polished and creates a great impression.
Let’s discuss a few more tips on upgrading what you have online at the moment: Read more